Father Anthony Burlas, O.S.B.

The Rev. Anthony Burlas died Saturday, January 21, 2002. He was 74 years old.

Father Anthony was born on March 18, 1927, in Pleasant Unity, Pa., the son of the late John Anthony and Bertha (Nessler) Burlas, and was one of nine children. He attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Irwin, Pa., and Greensburg High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., in 1951, and a master of science degree in commerce from St. Louis University in 1962. He also received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1989.

Father Anthony made simple profession of vows at Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 2, 1952, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1955. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958.

Father Anthony worked mostly in the monastic community’s educational apostolates. He was an instructor in religion at Saint Vincent Preparatory School, and a prefect and an instructor in accounting at the college. He served as an associate professor and chair of the Business Administration Department from 1965 to 1976, and in 1992 he was recognized by the Institute of Management Accountants for thirty years of service. He became an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration, in 1998.

From 1977 until his death he was also pastor of Saint Mary’s Parish, Forbes Road.

Father Anthony is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Lewis. He is survived by five brothers, Regis, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Donald, of Murrysville, Pa.,; Philip, of Greensburg, Pa.; Thomas of South Greensburg, Pa., and Carl, of Latrobe, Pa.; and by two sisters, Marie Fajt and Rita Daugherty, both of Greensburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650-2690.